Earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes, typhoons, disease, and civil strife are some of the disasters that can strike any nation suddenly and perhaps unexpectedly. The effects of catastrophe fall most heavily on developing countries, but no nation is immune. The people caught up in these disasters may suffer greatly. All too often, thousands die or are injured. Homes, workplaces and even entire communities are destroyed.
International Programs utilizes Forest Service expertise in disaster assistance, planning and mitigation for natural and human-caused disasters around the world.
There are two main disaster programs:
The Disaster Assistance Support Program provides disaster prevention, preparedness, and response expertise to U.S. relief efforts overseas. It is funded entirely by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
The Disaster Management Program provides technical and training expertise to US domestic and overseas partners in emergency preparedness, response, and disaster mitigation.